Prior to writing this letter back to the Corinthians, Paul had been made aware that some people were denying that the resurrection had occurred. If we don't believe in the resurrection, then we don't believe. The resurrection of Christ is the mainstay of our belief. If we do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ then we have no foundation for our faith; our Christian preaching has no value and we are misrepresenting God. It means that Christ’s death was in vain and has no significance, that Christians who have perished and died will not be resurrected. But because we believe the resurrection did take place our preaching and our faith have meaning and we can represent God on this earth, and we will be resurrected when we die. Because we believe Jesus was resurrected, we know that He is alive with us today and we can know Him in a personal nature, believing in Him can change our perspective on life and we can set our minds on heavenly things and not on earthly ones. Our time on earth is preparing for our time in heaven. Death is no longer a source of dread or fear for any of us who believe because Jesus was risen from the dead and defeated Satan. Hebrews 2:14 says “since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death - that is the devil -”. Death on this earth is the doorway to eternal life. Romans 6: 5-11 also describes how we can enjoy our life with Jesus in it, when we have fellowship with Him, sin no longer has a hold of us and we are free. We are free to do whatever God needs us to do on this earth, however small, however mundane, we all have a part to play to show God's love on earth, as it is in heaven. Whatever we do in the name of Jesus glorifies His name. As Paul says in verse 58 in The Message version of the Bible “don't hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.”
Father, Thank You for the miracle of life – abundant life here, and eternal life with You in Heaven. Help me celebrate that life every day as I seek You and follow Your plan for my life. Today, I say with the Apostle Paul, “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?”
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(By Mary Southerland)